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Old Feb 01, 2012, 06:49 PM
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GAAM 1:1 scale Spad XIII

Howdy Ladies and Gents,

Since we can't sit on our hands, The next project is in the wings!
we're starting this project while the Pup is being finished up.
We've acquired a 230 HP Continental O-470-R and are working on the fuselage Here are some photos

Kudos to the person who can determine the Pilot and unit from the Photos...
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 07:48 PM
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You all are industrious builders.
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 08:41 PM
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it is really fun! especially at the beginning like this there's a lot to do and no loss for projects!
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 09:15 PM
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I'm in for this one. Subscribed.
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 09:40 PM
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Arrrr Cap'n Hook,

WE'll be glad to post this build for ya!

BTW any guess as to the Pilot and Unit?
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Old Feb 01, 2012, 10:16 PM
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 05:49 AM
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Yup you nailed it. The command stripe gives it away LOL
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 08:26 AM
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The SPAD fighters are interesting concerning their 'toughness' especially in a dive. Later, years after the Great War, it was determined the reason they didn't break up like so many other aircraft of the era was that the system of levers to the ailerons acted like counterweights and kept the ailerons from fluttering with secondary drastic consequences.
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Old Feb 02, 2012, 08:25 PM
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That is an interesting point.

I can't wait to see how this thing flies!
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Old Feb 07, 2012, 07:04 PM
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It's underway. Paul Sr. and Paul Jr. (Dougherty not Teutel LOL) set up the jig table today for the SPAD fuselage. They laid out new sheet rock on the table top. This allows them to have a clean white surface to mark the stations and dimensions on and then is a perfect surface to weld on. they did get the stations marked out and a few of the cross members tack welded in. Mike Cilurso started this fuselage a few years ago and then put it aside, the only difference we are making is the engine installation. He was setting it up for a 4 cyl. Lycoming, we are using a 6 cyl. Continental O-470-R. The front end will get changed around a little for the bigger engine. The fuselage will have the same length nose as the Hisso powered originals. The big change of course is the steel fuselage, we are working with the figures off of the Replicraft drawings and original drawings to create the steel fuselage layout. Outwardly the aircraft will look the same as the wood original.

The progress will be slow for a while with the Pup project in the final stages and the Studebaker Touring Car taking up a lot of time. Both of those should be done by spring and will allow all the shop resourses directed to the SPAD project.

More soon,
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Old Feb 08, 2012, 12:42 PM
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Another great project. Looks like my days of working every other weekend are about to change so no excuse for me not to pop in for a look at what you guys are doing out there.

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Old Mar 10, 2012, 05:32 AM
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Well we've been making progress on the SPAD. The engine mount is set up and the engine mounted photos to follow
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Old Mar 12, 2012, 06:46 PM
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Finally some more SPAD Updates,

We're fabbing and welding in the cabane strut mounts and tabs
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Hmmmm! I get the impression somebodies building an airforce. What land will be defended?
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Old Mar 14, 2012, 07:17 PM
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Hmmm we need some Vickers and Spandaus
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